Posted in Autism, Bethany Moments, Special Needs Parenting, Uncategorized

She’s a Control Freak!

It’s no big secret that my daughter, Bethany wants to be in control of…EVERYTHING!

Most of the time this really doesn’t bother me because I understand why.

I mean, when you really stop to think about it, her whole life has pretty much been out of her control ever since it was taken over by a great big, nasty brain tumor when she was just a baby!

She had absolutely no control over anything that happened to her body while doctors saved her life from the afore mentioned brain tumor.

And let me tell you, most of those treatments were pure, physical torture and there were many of them over a two month period.

If I had done to her what those doctors did, I would have been arrested for child torture and put away for life.

Then you add a life long unpredictable and untreatable seizure disorder into the mix and it’s no wonder she feels compelled to fight for every little shred of control she can get.

So, I’ve tried to let her have control over as much as possible.

She is twenty, now for cryin’ out loud, and even though she is developmentally only about age two, she does deserve to make as many of her own decisions as she possibly can.

I must be ever so careful though, because she also forms rigid routines very quickly.

It seems like if she does the same thing twice, we run the risk of it becoming a rule, written in stone, that her OCD and need to control will not let her waiver from!

And so now, because I let her pick out my outfits a few times she thinks she can dictate to me what I will wear everyday…even what color underwear!!

What started out as a fun little “fashion” activity for us to do together has become an obsession!

I know I need to get a handle on this because it’s getting out of hand.

However, it’s a delicate situation for sure, because even though 99.9% of the time, Bethany is as sweet as pie, she does get aggressive at times!

If you have any suggestions please do tell!!
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Sometimes it’s hard to Stay Positive!

I know we’re all about turning your crappy situations into happy ones and doing our darndest to stay positive around here, but I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not always so easy to do that!

Actually, if I’m to be totally honest, sometimes I find it downright impossible to find something…anything to turn my crappy into happy, especially as I get older and older!

Sometimes life is just too much of a struggle.

Like when seizures or anxiety rob your daughter of happiness.

Or when you try to coordinate doctor appointments to happen during your husband’s vacation week so he doesn’t have to take even more time off and either the doctor cancels or your daughter gets her period and refuses to go!

Or when your daughter exasperates you more than you can bear by insisting you perform an impossible task for days on end!!

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But really, thinking about the future is the biggest thing that robs me of happiness, yet I cannot avoid it.

Planning for Bethany’s future for when Malcolm and I will no longer be capable of caring for her or even be alive has to be done!

There’s just no way around it!

But thinking about it makes me cry.

In fact, I’m crying right now as I type away about it!

Contemplating Bethany’s future hasn’t always been such a devastating experience because it always seemed so far away into the future.

I never really obsessed so much about it until last year when at age 58, I broke my shoulder and it became dangerous for me to be around Bethany.

She just didn’t understand that I couldn’t move my arm at all, not even an inch and she kept trying to take my sling off.

For a while it looked like we might have to find another place for her to live temporarily.

As it turned out I just couldn’t bear the thought of sending her away and we figured out another way of coping with that disaster which you can read more about at The Continuing Saga of my Broken Shoulder, if you feel so inclined!

But the sad, cruel truth is that someday I will not have a choice!

Either I will be permanently too old and fragile to still live with Bethany or I will be dead!

And so, I feel like I’m damned if I do and damned of I don’t, because no matter what decisions my husband and I make concerning Bethany’s future, it will be hard and sad and devastating.

Perhaps I’m being overly dramatic, but I feel like it’s my destiny to be sad, depressed, guilty and worried about Bethany’s safety until the day I die!
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Family Heirloom Vintage Ephemera, Documents and Letters Available!

I’m so excited because I recently came into possession of a whole suitcase full of my very own ancestor, Phillip Reinhardt’s vintage letters, documents, photos, and other assorted vintage ephemera dating back to the 1870’s!

Phillip Reinhardt, who was my grandmother’s uncle came to this country from Germany in the 1860’s as an indentured servant even though he was actually an educated doctor!

Eventually, he was released from his contract and able to practice medicine in this country.

Miraculously, a very old suitcase full of many of his documents, receipts, and correspondence has been preserved and now it is mine!

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As a junk journal enthusiast, I understand how valuable adding digital prints such as all this authentic historical ephemera to junk journals is!

This stuff is very much like the Tim Holtz ephemera that is so popular these days!

So, I decided to make a few select pieces available to other historical ephemera lovers as instant downloads of digital copies!

Included in this first set are a letter written in German dated 1877; a set of 6 hand written calling cards including a Crownhill Cemetary proprieter’s ticket; 2 front views of envelopes sent to Philip Reinhardt in the 1970’s; The front of a US Postal Card, a photo, and a religious card; 2 receipts dating in the 1870’s; and last but not least, a religious poem which may have been written by Phillip.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be more listings like this one and a video at my Youtube channel, CraftyOldLady, coming soon!

This listing comes as 5 PDF files to instantly download at my Etsy Shop, CraftyOldLady59!

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If you have a minute, please check out our Amazon Store where I have put together a list of my favorite books and resources and Bethany’s favorite games and products and our Etsy Shop where you can instantly download vintage book illustrations and prints of Bethany’s paintings!

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New Mini Junk Journals for Sale!

One day, I realized that I couldn’t afford to buy any of the lovely junk journals I was pining away for and I figured there were probably others out there in the same boat.

I’m pretty sure there are other people who would love to get their hands on a beautiful, fully dressed junk journal of their very own but can’t afford one just like I can’t.

So, I made it my mission to create a line of more affordable mini junk journals.

Minis use less materials and shipping costs are lower, thus making them much more affordable to purchase.

My mini junk journals are just as gorgeously detailed, and lovingly created as the larger ones!

They’re just smaller and in my opinion smaller is also cuter!

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If you’d like to order one of my adorable mini junk journals for your very own, then please head on over to my Etsy Shop, CraftyOldLady59, where you can choose which type of unique, one of a kind, gorgeous junk journal you’d like me to design especially for you!

I will create a lovely 4 by 5 inch soft fabric covered junk journal with a 1/2 inch spine and at least 28 pages.

Pages will include hand tea and/or coffee dyed copy, ledger and graph papers mixed with a few beautiful scrapbook papers!

I may also, if supplies permit, include vintage book, dictionary, and/or nature identification book pages!

Each journal will also be equipped with an ample supply of handmade ephemera, tags, journaling cards, tuck spots, pockets, mini library card pocket, and 2 mini envelopes, all for your journaling pleasure!

Each journal cover will also boast a handmade embroidery floss tassel and 1 charm.

You choose if you want your custom made journal to be a 1) Woodland Animals; 2) Floral/Botanical; 3) Butterfly/insect; or 4) Bird.

Please watch my videos to get a better idea of what you can expect, but please remember each journal will be one of a kind: similar, yet different!

And while you’re at it, please subscribe to my Youtube channel below!

Butterfly and Botanical videos set to upload later this week!


Mini Butterfly Junk Journal

 

Mini Woodland Animal Junk Journal

Mini Floral/Botanical Junk Journal 

Mini Bird Junk Journal
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If you have a minute, please check out our Amazon Store where I have put together a list of my favorite books and resources and Bethany’s favorite games and products and our Etsy Shop where you can instantly download vintage book illustrations and prints of Bethany’s paintings!

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Shopping For Shoes With Autism

The other day it became apparent that Bethany needed new shoes!

The thin, cloth lining inside of her shoe kept slipping off and it was bugging her and it was bugging me to have to slip it back in every time she wanted to wear them.

So, I decided to broach the idea to her of possibly going to the store to buy new shoes.

Now, I must interject here that Bethany has rarely- as in almost never- ever wanted to shop for shoes or clothes or anything else for that matter!

She likes to go to the store, but only to look around.

Not to buy anything!


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All these years, I’ve picked out shoes, clothes or any other article of clothing she might need and then I bring them home for her to try on.

The trouble is, she refuses to even try anything on if the tags are still attached!!!

So, in order for us to get her to try on anything, we actually have to cut the tags off.

Even the tags that are sewn into the clothing!

As you can imagine, we have, on occasion, ended up donating brand new clothes that have no tags on them!!

But that’s a whole other story for another day!

Suffice it to say, I wasn’t super surprised when Bethany told me to get her the new shoes and bring them home for her to try on.

I really wanted her to go, though because I had absolutely no idea what size shoes to get her!

Malcolm and I commenced trying to convince her to at least ride in the car with us to the store.

Surprisingly, she agreed!

It was our hope that she’d also agree to go in when we got there!

It wasn’t looking good, however, because she was adamant the whole 30 miles there that she was not going to go inside!

So, when we arrived at our destination and she got out of the car, I was super surprised!

Inside the store, she immediately made a beeline to the shoe aisle.

I told her to look for the numbers 4 or 5 on shoes that she liked.

She quickly found a cute pair of size 4 sneakers she liked,  but refused to try them on!

Can you guess why?

They had a tag on them, of course!

They were also tied together,

I thought we might have to resort to our old tricks: buy her the shoes, have her try them on at home and hope they fit so we wouldn’t have to drive 30 miles back again to return them.

But Dad saved the day!

He was able to get the shoes apart and he was even so bold as to rip off the tag!

SHHH!!  Don’t tell anyone!

Then Bethany tried them on and they fit!

She was thrilled to discover that they even light up!

Now the trick was going to be convincing her to take them off so we could pay for them!

She super surprised me once again by agreeing to do so!

She did, however, refuse to put her old shoes back on!

So Bethany walked through the entire store from the shoe aisle in the back to the bench in the front, with no shoes on, where she waited with dad, quite patiently in fact, while I paid for her new shoes!

Mission accomplished!


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If you have a minute, please check out our Amazon Store where I have put together a list of my favorite books and resources and Bethany’s favorite games and products and our Etsy Shop where you can instantly download vintage book illustrations and prints of Bethany’s paintings!

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Sexual Abuse of the Developmentally Disabled

The very disturbing problem of sexual abuse and sexual assault against developmentally disabled individuals was recently brought to my attention by National Public Radio (NPR).

NPR did an episode of Morning Edition and All Things Considered on the subject which you can find on their website at For Some With Intellectual Disabilities, Ending Abuse Starts With Sex Ed In Their Words, Adults With Intellectual Disabilities Tell Their Sexual Assault Stories, and The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About.

Of course, I have not been unaware of the problem, but up until then it was the kind of problem that I didn’t really want to think about.

But not thinking about it isn’t going to help the situation and as the aging mother of an adult daughter who is profoundly affected by an intellectual disability, it is crucial for her safety that I start thinking about it.

I suspect that many others need to start thinking about it, too!
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The statistic are really quite horrifying!

According to one study:

  • A staggering 49% of individuals with developmental disabilities will experience 10 or more incidents of sexual abuse in their lifetimes!
  • An even more staggering and terrifying 97% to 99% of the sexual abusers are people that the disabled victim knows and trusts.
  • 32% of sexual crimes against the disabled are done by family members or acquaintances.
  • 44% of sexual crimes against the disabled are inflicted by trusted caregivers.
  • People with communication and/or behavioral disorders are at a higher risk of being sexually abused than the general public.
  • Developmentally disabled children are 4 times more likely than their typical peers to be sexually abused.

Contrary to what some ignorant people believe, sexual assault is NOT a crime of lust.

Sexual assault is a crime of violence, anger, power and control!

It is sex being used as a weapon against the victim!

Sexual abuse is not necessarily physical.

Exposing one’s genitals, showing pornography, and using sexually explicit language are all forms of sexual abuse!

The effects of sexual assault/abuse are devastating.

Sexual assault can adversely affect the victim psychologically, physically and behaviorally.

The sexual abuse of the developmentally disabled often goes unreported.  As a result, unwanted and untreated pregnancies and STD’s frequently occur.

Unfortunately, sexual abuse of the disabled so often goes unreported because many of our precious children don’t understand what has happened to them and/or they can’t tell us.

If your intellectually impaired loved one suddenly begins suffering with any of the following symptoms, they may have recently been sexually abused:

  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Fear
  • Loss of trust
  • Withdrawal
  • Aggression
  • Self injury
  • Sexually inappropriate behavior

What can we do to prevent further sex crimes against our most vulnerable population?

  • Society needs to recognize and admit that sex crimes against the disabled exists.
  • Society needs to believe that people with developmental disabilities are equally as valuable as the non-disabled.
  • Employees working with the disabled should be required to submit to routine and continuing background checks, not just when they are first employed.
  • Sex crimes against the disabled need to be reported. Report them even if only suspected. Proof is not required to report a sexual crime.
  • People with intellectual impairments need to receive a sex education at a level they can understand.
  • And lastly, in my opinion, too many schools and other authority figures use teaching methods that emphasize and require the complete compliance and obedience of their disabled students.  Since the majority of the people committing these crimes are also authority figures our children think they must obey them no matter what!

Parents, if our children can understand and communicate, we must:

  • Teach them about sex.
  • Make sure they know what appropriate and inappropriate touching is and that they can refuse to let someone touch them.
  • Be sure our children understand that they do NOT have to obey a teacher or caregiver who tries to sexually abuse them.
  • Teach them that they should tell us if someone touches then inappropriately or hurts them in any way.

For our precious children that can’t communicate, we must:

  • Make sure everyone working with our children have authentically good references.
  • Require periodic background checks. Not just when initially hired.
  • Only leave our children alone with a caretaker if we totally trust them and feel comfortable doing so.
  • Not be pressured into leaving our children with anyone or in any situation that we might have a “bad gut feeling” about. Parents should trust their instincts.

Books: (affiliate links)

Combating Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities: A Call to Action

Safeguarding Adults and Children with Disabilities Against Abuse

Further Resources:

People with Intellectual Disability and Sexual Violence

Recognizing and Preventing Sexual Abuse

Intellectual disability, sexuality and sexual abuse prevention

Sexual Abuse of People with Intellectual Disabilities

Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities

SEXUALITY EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Why Sex Education for Disabled People Is So Important

Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality Curriculum

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If you have a minute, please check out our Amazon Store where I have put together a list of my favorite books and resources and Bethany’s favorite games and products and our Etsy Shop where you can instantly download vintage book illustrations and prints of Bethany’s paintings!

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Bethany’s Art For Sale

We are thrilled to be able to offer you prints of Bethany’s paintings at our Etsy Store Vintage Printable Pics!

Keep scrolling to view our available prints

Please email me at scphillips59@gmail.com if you’d like a magnet or sticker.

For those of you who may not know this, Bethany is a disabled 19 year old autistic brain tumor and stroke survivor!

You can read more of Bethany’s tragic experiences with a life threatening brain tumor on my Brain Tumor Diagnosis page and on just about every post published on this website!

You can get to know Bethany even better by watching the video on our sidebar and subscribing to our YouTube channel, My Autistic Brain Tumor Survivor, where you’ll see Bethany’s trials and triumphs as she goes about her everyday business!!

Please rest assured that all money earned from sticker, magnet and print sales will go directly toward providing Bethany with a better quality of life!!

Thanks so much for supporting my sweet daughter, Bethany Rose!

Keep scrolling to view our prints which can also be made into magnets and stickers!!

Bethany’s Prints

Also available as magnets or stickers

We also offer instant downloads of copys of vintage illustrations and ephemera including blank and filled in pages from my mother’s 1953 wedding planner! All are perfect for junk journaling!!

Posted in Bethany Moments, Childhood Brain Cancer Survivors, Special Needs Family Life, Special Needs Parenting, Uncategorized

Conversations with an Autistic Brain Tumor Survivor

Dad came home from work one night and asked Bethany what she had done that day.

Her answer?  “A really big poop.  Big like my big Jesus”!

I added to the conversation by informing Dad that she had also worked on math.

Dad asked Bethany who her teacher was and she pointed to me and said, “Pretend Mom”!

Such are the conversations with an autistic brain tumor survivor!

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Even though Bethany delightfully surprises us by expressing her own original thoughts once in awhile, most of the time her conversations are  perseverative in nature.

For Bethany this means that  she repeats the same groups of scripted conversations several times each day.

Rarely does she have a real spontaneous lucid conversation, but as I mentioned above,  it does happen every so often and when it does it’s an amazing and wonderful surprise.

Most of her conversations consist of  her asking the same sets of questions about something then I must answer every question in exactly the same brief, efficient, and precise way!

Currently, Bethany’s daily cycle of conversations consist of asking the same, exact sets of questions each, about why she can’t turn 20 before she is 19, why we can’t buy a new house yet, and why we can’t find any woolly bear caterpillars right now!

An unexpected, amazing, and funny development in Bethany’s life that has occurred recently is her emerging sense of humor!

She loves being funny and trying to make us all laugh!

Teasing her dad that his shoulder bag is a purse is her newest joke!

Bethany has also been adding new words to her vocabulary and using them appropriately in sentences.

Her current new are words,  “huge”, “river”, and “bridges”!

We are so excited by these sudden and unexpected new developments in Bethany’s life!

I must confess though, that at almost 19 years old, I didn’t really think having real conversations with Bethany, using new words to boot, would even be possible!

It’s so exciting!!


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We are experiencing internet problems

I’m so sorry, but we are experiencing internet problems!

I may not be able to upload any new posts for up to 10 days!

It’s extremely annoying, but what can you do?

Anyway, thanks for your support and patience!

We hope to see you soon!!

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Be sure to visit Bethany’s Business, our store full of special needs family products and special needs homeschooling resources! All commissions go toward providing a better quality of life for Bethany! Thanks!

 

 

 

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Turning Crappy into Happy: Special Needs Family Link Share #9

Special Needs Family Link ShareWelcome to the Special Needs Family Link Share! I’m so glad you came!  I love hearing from old and new friends each week! This is the safe place for those affected by special needs to share, support, and encourage one another! Please share your awesome and unique story with us!!

This blog link up opens every Thursday night at 11:00 p.m. and closes every Monday at 1:00 a.m. US Eastern time!

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Hi everyone! I hope you all had an awesome week!

We’ve got a new motto here at Faith, Hope, and Love!

I came up with it after my husband, Malcolm, and I were talking about feeling like we’re constantly struggling to turn the crappy events our family experiences into happy ones!

Ever since Bethany got sick, we’ve been trying to find the positive in the negative and something good in the not so good situations that we seem to all too frequently find ourselves in!

We’re always trying to redeem our days, so it seems!!

So, without further adieu, here is our new slogan!

turning crappy into happy

 

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Disabilities Project

I’m working on a disabilities project for my YouTube channel and thought it would also be neat to do the same here on the blog!

If you have a disability or have a child with a disability you might be interested in participating, even of you don’t have a YouTube channel!

I am putting together a video of short 3-4 minute clips of people answering this question: What is the most important thing you want to tell the world about your own or your child’s disability?

After I’ve gotten all your clips and stories, I’ll put them all together and publish them on YouTube and right here!

If you’re interested just let me know in the comments or you can just go ahead and send your video clips and/or stories to scphillips59@gmail.com

Thanks so much!! I look forward to hearing from you!

In case you missed them:

  • While I won’t go so far as to say that I lost my faith in God entirely over this heart wrenching tragedy, I will honestly admit that I did lose my faith in the power of prayer and I still struggle with that to this day. Find out why I I struggle with praying at: Power in Prayer? A Spiritual Crisis.
  • Bethany loses interest quickly and is easily distracted, so her lessons need to be visually attractive and appealing, but not too cluttered. Her educational experiences need to involve a little movement to keep her engaged, so she needs to be “doing” her lessons! See 5 games that fit the bill for Bethany and other visual and kinesthetic learners at: Learning Games for Special Needs Kids
  • It’s common knowledge that moving our bodies, working out, and getting some exercise helps keep our bodies in good shape. But did you know that exercise effects learning and moving our bodies helps improve brain functioning, too?! Find out how at: Exercise Effects Learning and Movement Improves Brain Functioning
  • This is my account of both a typical and not so typical day in the wonderful, crazy life of me: a special needs mom! It was a typical day because, unfortunately, everything I mention about Bethany is what typically happens every single day. But, what happened that day for my husband and me was anything but typical! Please continue reading at:  A Day in the Life of a Special Needs Mom



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